Promoting the role of Physics in research, education, industry and the community
The purpose of the prize is to recognize the work done by a Ph.D. student in Australia that is considered to be of outstanding excellence in physics.
The Bragg gold medal for the best PhD thesis by a student from an Australian University was established in 1992 as an initiative of the South Australian Branch, to commemorate Sir Laurence Bragg (whose picture is inscribed on the medal) and his father Sir William Bragg.
The medal is awarded annually to the student who is judged to have completed the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis under the auspices of an Australian university, whose degree has been approved (but not necessarily conferred) prior to the closing date for applications to the State Branch (i. e., from 1 June 2020 to 1 June 2021). No candidate may be nominated more than once.
Only one medal shall be awarded; there is no possibility of a dual award. If the selection committee considers that none of the theses submitted reaches an appropriate standard, no award will be made.
Each Australian university may nominate one candidate. These nominations are submitted to the State Branch committee. The committee selects the best thesis from their State (two for NSW and Vic), and electronic copies (or links) of the selected thesis, citation and referees’ reports are then forwarded to the AIP Special Projects Officer. Nominators should note that when attaching a link to the student thesis, this link must be accessible by others outside of their own university.
Nominations from the universities should reach the Secretary of the local State Branch by 1 July each year.
The selected nominations from the State Branches, with the accompanying documentation outlined, should reach the AIP Special Projects Officer, by 1 September each year.
The medal will be presented to the chosen candidate at the Congress in even numbered years, and in odd numbered years at a function to be arranged by the AIP Branch of the State of the candidate’s university. The medal will not be awarded in absentia; the candidate must be available for the presentation at a time which is mutually convenient. Reasonable expenses in attending the presentation will be met by the Council of the AIP.
Can be obtained from the Special Projects Officer.
2020 Dr Alexander Bray, Australian National University
2019 Dr Samuel Gorman, University of New South Wales